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The Big Cube (1969)

M  |   |  Thriller, Drama  |  30 April 1969 (USA)
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A former actress clashes with her wealthy and spoiled stepdaughter over their inheritance after the death of their protector.

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Complete credited cast:
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Adriana Roman
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Johnny Allen
Richard Egan ...
Frederick Lansdale
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Charles Winthrop (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Karin Mossberg ...
Lisa Winthrop
Pamela Rodgers ...
Bibi
Carlos East ...
Lalo
Augusto Benedico ...
Dr. Lorenz
Víctor Junco ...
Delacroix (as Victor Junco)
Norma Herrera ...
Stella
Pedro Galván ...
University Dean (as Pedro Galvan)
Regina Torné ...
Queen Bee (as Regina Torne)
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Renowned stage actress Adriana Roman, the muse of playwright Frederick Lansdale, is retiring to marry tycoon, Charles Winthrop. The marriage does not sit well with Charles' daughter, Lisa Winthrop, who dislikes her new stepmother if only because she is the other woman for her father's affections. However, on her father's urging, Lisa tries to get to know Adriana, to who she slowly warms. Meanwhile, Lisa attracts the attention of Johnny Allen, a womanizing, fortune hunting medical student who uses the school lab to produce and sell acid among the hip, mod crowd he hangs around. He romances naive Lisa who falls under his spell. After an incident with Charles, Johnny, sensing an opportunity to abscond with at least some of the Winthrop fortune by using Lisa's mistrust of Adriana, manipulates Lisa into trying to make Adriana go crazy, in large part through the lacing of her sedatives with acid. Adriana begins to hallucinate that Lisa and Johnny are trying to kill her, which is what they ... Written by Huggo

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Poor mama. She stood in the way of the $3,000,000 inheritance. So they spiked her medicine with the big cube. Poor, poor mama. See more »

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Also Known As:

El Terrón de azúcar  »

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Karin Mossberg's dialogue was dubbed by another actress. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Allen: [Putting his arm around her] Do you know you really turn me on?
Girl sketching model: [Disinterested] Since when?
Johnny Allen: Since now. I belong to 'The Now Generation.'
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Lean on Me
Music by Val Johns
Lyrics by Howard Finkelstein
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No.. it can't be Lana Turner!
18 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

My father in-law was channel surfing and accidentally found this movie playing on TV last night. I heard some of the lines and the weird 60's style music from another room and thought what the heck they were watching. It intrigued me enough to walk over to see what it was and my in-laws commented that it looked like a 'B' movie. At a glance, I thought the acting was really bad. But then I took a closer look at one of the actors and realized that it was Lana Turner! I couldn't believe my eyes. I noticed immediately how much older she looked. I love how every time the camera was on her face she looked mysteriously out of focus. Kind of like what they did with Sybil Shepard in Moonlighting. The lines were really awful and painful to hear but we all found ourselves compelled to keep watching it. Even my husband woke up from a snooze on the couch and started watching it. The daughter, Lisa sounded out of place with some French-like accent. The special psychedelic effects were really bad. I felt almost embarrassed for Ms Turner. I was also surprised there was nudity in this film.

She shouldn't have done this movie. She looked really out of place as if she was still playing one of her roles in her older movies like Imitation of Life. Don't get me wrong, I loved Imitation of Life. That was a really wonderful movie. She was really great in it and her acting was right for that time. But this movie was not right for her type of acting. It looked really out of place.

Also, the guy who played Johnny looked really familiar until I realized that it was 'Bernardo' from West Side Story! He seemed to play this sleazy character all too well.

I do have to say that it was entertaining. But if you're a real big fan of Lana Turner, save yourself the agony if you want to remember her as she was in her heyday. Cheers!


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